June 10, 2013 10:39 am

Dr. Kris Gast~ Ask the Pros

Posted in: Ask the Pros

Q: My 16 year old daughter just completed treatment for thyroid cancer.  What is her long-term prognosis? Do I need to worry about it coming back?


A: Thyroid cancer comes in a number of different varieties, but all have very high survival statistics for stages 1-3.  Thyroid cancer is usually treated with surgery followed by radioactive iodine treatments.  Patients then will have periodic follow-ups to evaluate for recurrence or spread of the disease.  Regarding pediatric patients, follow-ups are critical since the patients are still growing and changing while receiving treatment for the cancer.  All patients and families worry about recurrence of a cancer no matter what the type.  But, the good news is that thyroid cancer has a very low risk of recurrence when compared with other cancers. The best advice is for patients to continue their yearly exams throughout their lives.

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